11/14/2011 06:48 pm ET

Heavy D's Family Plans Funeral, Calls Rapper 'Kind And Giving Spirit'

The family of Dwight Errington Myers, aka, Heavy D, the rapper and 90s Hip-Hop icon who died last week, released a statement calling him “a kind and giving spirit.”

The statement, the first released by the family, comes just days before Myers funeral, scheduled for Friday and to be held at the historic Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York. Myers, 44, collapsed outside of his home and died at a Los Angeles hospital.

“Hev had great love for his family and friends; he was a kind and giving spirit who extended and shared himself with everyone who crossed his path,” the statement read. “He had a heart of gold, was approachable, very personable and gave of himself willingly and unconditionally.”

Rap impresario and friend of Myers, Diddy, will speak at the rappers funeral. The Rev. Al Sharpton is also scheduled to speak, according to reports. BET Networks is also planning a special tribute for him during its upcoming Soul Train Awards.

Below is the statement released by the family:

Though Hev will most notably be remembered for his work both behind-the-scenes and in the forefront, he will always be remembered by us as a generous soul who remained humble and unselfish till his final days. Out of all Hev's successes and accomplishments, in his eyes, his most important triumph was that of becoming a father. Hev's love for his daughter Xea was profound--she was the center of his life, his heart, his soul.

He often said "I cannot live without her and that she embodied every phenomenal attribute that he brought to this world". The name and the success of Heavy D will always be synonymous with music forever.

He never compromised his values and artistry, and encouraged his peers to do the same. To us, Hev was the one who made us laugh, cry, sing, dance and turn a frown upside down. As a family, we are devastated by Hev's passing but through our faith in God and support from family, friends and fans-we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong. His "bear hugs" are going to be deeply missed. -The Myers Family
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the Heavy D and Xea Myers Fund: C/O JP Morgan Chase 726 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10085 Checks payable to: The Heavy D and Xea Myers Fund Heavy D Information Line: 212-381-2037 Website:


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